Twined Baskets

 

As early as the 17th century, European writing have described  Native American basketry. The word "basket" was used loosely to describe any bag, basket or container, which opens from the top. Vera Longtoe Sheehan continues this tradition of her ancestors. She harvests and processes into cordage milkweed, nettles, dogbane, for twining baskets & bags. She also twines with hemp, jute, cotton and linen cordage.

 

 

Twined pack basket painted in red ochre

 

Pack Basket

Twined basket painted with red ochre.  Created for the Northeast Woodland Fiber Arts exhibit. Now In the permanent collection of Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner, NH. See Exhibit page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pack Basket or Twined Round Bag 

This huge twined round twined bag can be used as a pack basket or storage container. It's heavy duty construction will last for many years.  Currently on exhibit at The Institute for American Indian Studies. Previously exhibited at the Boston Children's Museum and McDonnel-Williamson House.

 Made from natural hemp.

 Approximately 12" base x 15" tall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twined Basket

Round twined basket with symmetrical triangle, geometric pattern. Made with 2 shades of natural  Previously exhibited at Mt Kearsarge Indian Museum and McDonnel-Williamson House. 5" wide x 6" tall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Small Twined Basket

Geometric pattern on closed twined baskets.  Great size for a trinket basket   Previously exhibited at McDonnel-Williamson House.

Made from natural and dyed hemp.

Approximately 6" wide.

 

 

 

Twined Basket

 

Small Twined Basket*

Natural hemp, adorned a with red stripe.  Previously exhibited at the McDonnel-Williamson House and Institute for American Indian Studies.

5" wide x 6" tall.

 

 

 

 

 

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Shallow Twined Basket

Good size to hold snacks or food.

Natural hemp

5" wide x 2" tall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twined Basket

 

Twined Gourd Basket*

This basket gets its name from its shape. It looks like a gourd, with the

top cut off. This shape lends itself nicely as a sewing basket.

 Previously exhibited at the Boston Children's Museum and McDonnel-Williamson House.

Natural and walnut dyed hemp. 6" x 4" tall.

 

 

Twined Basket, Abenaki

 

Medium Twined Basket with Lid *

Great container to help you hold your provisions and a tight fitting lid.

Previously exhibited es and McDonnel-Williamson House and Institute for American Indian Studies.

Natural hemp, with triple red stripe   6" wide x 7" tall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twined  Acorn Basket

A traditional seed collecting storage container used by Abenaki families in the Connecticut River Valley. Re-created based on oral tradition/witness account from the 1930's. After filling it, it would be hung until it was needed to plant next summer's garden,  Previously exhibited es and McDonnel-Williamson House .

Natural hemp.

6" x 8" tall

 

 * Photographs Courtesy of Lina Longtoe

 

                                 Email Vera at vlongtoe@vtindigenous.com